Elizabeth Benz, Director of Student Support at UNE Online

Student success hints from both sides of the screen

As an online education professional, I have researched, studied, and implemented best practices for online student success for thousands of students. Recently, I was interviewed for a blog post titled, “Confessions of a student support specialist – the top 3 issues that online students face,” where I outlined how time management, isolation, and hustle can make or break the online graduate school…

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August 16, 2017 |
Webinar Series

Webinar: Using RefWorks for Online Learning

We are happy to present a webinar, developed and delivered by Cadence Atchinson, our Online Research and Teaching Librarian, on how to use RefWorks for learning and scholarship. This webinar was designed specifically for faculty and staff working with online learners, but it should be useful for just about anyone. Enjoy.

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August 11, 2017 |
Vadna Bhambri, MSIN Student

Student Spotlight: Vandna Bhambri, Health Informatics Program

Vandna Bhambri is a Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSIN) student from Boston, Massachusetts. With a desire to help people within the healthcare field and a passion for technology, health informatics was a natural career choice. “I knew that there was a demand for Health Informatics and a limitless world of possibilities for what I could do with an…

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August 10, 2017 |
Carley Anderson MPH Student

Student Spotlight: Carley Anderson, MPH – Public Health Program

I came to the field of public health nearly by happenstance. I had just finished my undergraduate degree in music which, while fulfilling, didn’t equip me with tangible ways to make a meaningful, practical difference in my community. After graduation, I began working as an administrator in a medical clinic at a military installation, and a year later was assigned…

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August 8, 2017 |
Confessions of a Student Support Specialist

Confessions of a Student Support Specialist

The Student Support Specialist model at UNE Online is special. I recently sat down with Elizabeth Benz, Director of Student Support, recently to discuss what she feels are the top three issues that online graduate school students face, and how she and her team of Student Support Specialists help students overcome those issues. Elizabeth has counseled hundreds of online students…

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August 4, 2017 |
Digital Native Debate

The Digital Native Debate

We learn about things by naming them so that they can be distinguished from one another. That usually involves some abstraction. After all, things are complicated. Things are, themselves, made up of many things. Even worse, differences between one thing and another are often difficult to isolate, quantify, or even describe. People debate. They say, this thing is really two…

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August 3, 2017 |
International Education Conference Presentation

Two CGPS Staff Presented at International Education Conference EDULEARN

Barbara Fortier, Program Manager for the Science Prerequisites for Health Professions, and Olga LaPlante, Instructional Designer for the Masters of Science in Social Work program, collaborated to present at the international conference, EDULEARN17 in Barcelona, Spain, recently. While everyone here was celebrating America’s birthday on July 4th, Barbara and Olga were presenting their research paper entitled “Building a Community One…

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July 31, 2017 |
Research to Empower Teachers

Using research in UNE Online courses to empower teachers

Research is a powerful tool. The ability to take a subject and complete your own primary research is invaluable when it comes to informed decision making. At UNE Online, research is at the heart of what we do. As new teaching practices are in constant flux within the field of Education, UNE is continually working to align our courses to…

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July 27, 2017 |
Josh McFarland, Student Support Specialist

Meet Our Team: Josh McFarland

Note: As of April 2019, Josh is now the Marketing Manager for the Science Prerequisite Courses for Health Professions and our Graduate Programs in Education! While Josh continues to use his effervescent energy to raise awareness about our many online prerequisites courses, you can find the current Science Prerequisites Student Service Advisors on this page. Josh McFarland works as a…

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July 26, 2017 |
Public Health Certifications

Public Health Credentialing: Seven Public Health Certifications

See what certification is appropriate for you, whether you go into public health education, public health administration, or if you’re just looking for a general public health certification. Below is information about some common certifications held by public health practitioners, and examples of types of jobs that may require certification after graduation. While there is no national-level public health credentialing,…

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July 24, 2017 |
Resource Articles

Articles We've Been Reading - 7/20/17

Every once in awhile we like to curate some of the resources and articles that have interested us these last couple weeks for your reading pleasure. The opinions expressed in these resources don’t always reflect our own. Rather, we share them because we think they compel conversation, which we’re happy to have with our readers in the comments field below.  The History of…

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July 20, 2017 |
Dr. Nang H. Tin Maung, Public Health Program Manager

Managing Seasonal Allergies

Nang H. Tin Maung, Ph.D., M.P.H., Program Manager of the Graduate Programs in Public Health at UNE Online, has authored a column featured in the Journal Tribune as part of the newspaper’s Health & Wellness series. July is National Allergy Awareness Month, and Dr. Tin Maung’s column shares practices on how to best manage seasonal allergies, which affect approximately 40…

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July 18, 2017 |
Net Neutrality

What in the world is net neutrality, anyway?

What was going on yesterday? You may have noticed that several websites around the Internet were acting strangely earlier this week. Some of the most popular sites – Amazon, Facebook, and Google, to name a few – were promoting something called net neutrality. It’s not a very user-friendly term, and you wouldn’t be crazy to think it had more to…

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July 14, 2017 |
Jeff Nelsen, Enrollment Counselor UNE Online

Meet Our Team: Jeff Nelsen

As an Enrollment Counselor, Jeff enjoys hearing prospective students’ stories and guiding them through the major life change of going back to graduate school. At UNE Online students are our top priority, and their success is what drives each and every one of us to do what we do. We’d like to share a little bit about the people that…

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July 10, 2017 |
Micaela Karlsen, Applied Nutrition Faculty

Faculty Spotlight: Micaela Karlsen – Applied Nutrition Program

UNE Applied Nutrition faculty member Micaela Karlsen is a doctoral fellow in Nutritional Epidemiology at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and holds a Master of Science and Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a nationally-recognized speaker in the field of nutrition and currently serves on two boards – the…

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July 6, 2017 |
Online Student Portfolios

Portfolios and Authentic Learning

In an earlier post, I wrote about our Instructional Design work with three of our online instructors in the MSEd Literacy concentration. This mapping and redesign project spurred enthusiastic discourse with both faculty and program managers about the role of authentic assessment in our graduate courses. These conversations led quite naturally to discussions about the role of professional portfolios in…

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July 6, 2017 |
Social Work PTSD Treatments

Social Work: Making a difference with PTSD Treatments

PTSD treatments—and hope—abound as social workers help clients. As the National Center for PTSD states, there is no single treatment that will work for everyone for post-traumatic stress disorder. So to help people experiencing PTSD, social workers engage on multiple fronts. They’re researching promising treatments and honing and adapting accepted practices for new groups and environments. They may be part…

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July 1, 2017 |
Diagramming Tools

Diagramming Tools

Diagramming can be useful no matter your profession, but we have several health-related programs at CGPS, and in healthcare diagramming is very nearly an essential skill. We’ve had the opportunity, then, to try several different web-based diagram authoring tools, and want to suggest two to anyone out there with needs similar to our own. We chose these two based on…

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June 30, 2017 |
Upward Trends

8 Health Informatics Trends

We met up with Imran Khan,  MBA, MS, PMP, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, a faculty member for the Graduate Programs in Health Informatics, at the 2017 HIMSS conference.  Imran is a recognized leader in the Health Informatics industry, and HIMSS is the largest expo and learning conference for Health Informatics Professionals in the country. For some background on Imran Khan and his…

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June 25, 2017 |
Science Prerequisites

UNE Online Courses: Science Courses to Satisfy Health Prerequisites

Many post-baccalaureate students use UNE Online courses as their required science prerequisites to get into health-related graduate programs. UNE Online Science Prerequisites for Health Professions courses are offered 100% online. UNE is regionally accredited through New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE). You may begin the class as long as you meet the prerequisites for the individual courses.  Simply log…

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June 23, 2017 |
Dr. Vicki Rusbult, Ed.D.

Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Vicki Rusbult, Ed.D. – Education Program

UNE Online Alumna Dr. Vicki Rusbult fulfilled a lifelong dream last May and graduated from the College of Graduate and Professional Studies with her Ed.D. And it turns out that her dissertation wasn’t only interesting to her faculty advisor… The ‘National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Rural Transportation National Newsletter’ recently published a link to her full dissertation in their…

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June 19, 2017 |
Virtual Reality Learning

Learning and Assessing in a Virtual Reality

The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, billed as E3, is abuzz in the technology and entertainment news at the moment. One of the more prominent themes this year? Virtual Reality. With that in mind, it feels pertinent to visit VR’s crossovers with the field of education, particularly with increasing interest around the idea of “gamification” as a means of instruction and…

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June 16, 2017 |
Jason Asdourian, Student Support Specialist

Meet Our Team: Jason Asdourian

As a Student Support Specialist for students enrolled in deadline-based programs, there’s no one who understands that time is of the essence better than Jason Asdourian. As a former Civilian for the Army, Jason learned the value of time and prides himself on getting things done now, if not yesterday. At UNE Online students are our top priority, and their…

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June 15, 2017 |
Refugees suffering from PTSD

Social Work: Helping Refugees with PTSD

Panic attacks, depression, loss of weight and appetite, and a recurring sense of hopelessness have become a regular part of Mustafa’s life. He now lives in Germany, far from a war zone, but his past experiences of detention, torture, and living amid death and destruction still haunt him. “I don’t go out a lot. I have problems with trust. I…

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June 12, 2017 |